Corns are small calluses that usually occur on the feet and on or between toes in weight-bearing areas. Corns are usually caused by ill-fitting shoes and can grow into unsightly, hardened patches that become a nuisance.
While pumice stones and corn pads work from some people with mild cases, you can cause accidental injury by trying to remove them yourself.
Although many people consider calluses to be a simple skin problem, it is actually an indicator of bone problems. In the foot, calluses are typically seen on the heels, balls of the feet, and on the outer side of the big toe. Calluses have their own nerves and sacks of fluid that act as cushioning, which can cause pain over time.
Pumice stones and foot soaks are great ways to treat minor calluses and preemptively stop them from occurring. There are also over the counter callus removers can be used, however, most people find them tricky to apply and painful to use, and are not able to use them effectively. In our offices, we can help you with a custom treatment to ensure maximum effectiveness.
For severe cases, a steroid injection into the callus may be recommended for immediate pain relief. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to remove the callus from the foot.
To prevent calluses, wear well-fit shoes and consider orthotics. Thick socks, especially ones with thicker heels, can greatly reduce the chances of callus development.